|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1884|
Born Glasgow, Scotland; fought in the Crimean War, at the age of 17; later moved to America, where he enlisted as private, May 13, 1861, at New York City, in company H of the famed 79th New York Infantry ("Cameron's Highlanders"); served in the eastern theater of war; mustered out with his company on May 31, 1864; married Elizabeth Kilpatrick, at New York City, November 24, 1864; migrated to Queensland, Australia, arriving at Moreton Bay, Queensland, aboard the "Queen of the Colonies", October 14, 1866; moved to Dalby, a small town west of Brisbane, where he ran the Dalby Cordial Works, until his death from dropsy; after his death a probate was granted from his will, to John Shillito Jessop and William Wood, executors named in his will.
[From the original research of the late Roy Parker of Sydney, with contributions by Barry Crompton of Melbourne and Bob Simpson of Beechworth, Victoria, and published, in 2000, in the volume, CIVIL WAR VETERANS IN AUSTRALIA, edited by Roy's daughter, Mrs. Virginia Crocker.]
Solomon Bradford was born around 1837 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Alexander Solomon a medical doctor, and fought in the Crimean War with the British Highlanders at the age of 17. Following the accidental deaths of his parents in a train crash he migrated to the United States. At age 24, on May 13, 1861 after migrating to America, he enlisted into U.S. military service at New York City, for a period of 3 years.
On May 27, 1861 he was mustered into "Cameron's Highlanders", Company H, 79th New York Militia Regiment, also known as the 79th New York Highlanders; as a private. On May 31, 1864 Bradford was officially discharged with his company, and six months later, on November 24, 1864, Bradford married Elizabeth Kilpatrick of New York City. While in New York in 1865 Solomon and Elizabeth's daughter, Margaret, was born. They were shown in the New York City directory for 1865-66. The following year the family left New York for Australia, sailing aboard the "Mayflower" to London, England, then boarding another ship the "Queen of the Colonies"; arriving at Moreton Bay, Queensland on October 14, 1866. The passenger list of the ship records Solomon Bradford and Margaret Bradford as arriving on "14 Oct 1866 IMM/113 43 M1696" and Sara Bradford as "14 Caroline 17 Nov 1853 IMM/112 21 M1696"
In 1882 Elizabeth died, leaving a rather young family; and two years later, Solomon also died, on June 4, 1884, when he died from dropsy, at the age 47. Solomon's death certificate Ref. 1884/001387. Buried in Dalby (Old) Cemetery are Elizabeth 16-3-1882, John Alexander 24-9-1909, Sarah (80 yrs) 22-9-1949, Solomon 5-6-1884 and Mary Ann (98 yrs) 10-9-1966.
After Solomon's death the family continued operating the "Dalby Cordial Works" until 1923, when it was finally sold; though it is still in operation by new owners today. Solomon Bradford was buried in the Presbyterian Section of the Old Dalby Cemetery. After her parent's death, Elizabeth married into the Hall family and descendants today include Harold and John Hall of Dalby, Queensland.
(bio by: James Gray)
Western Downs Region
Plot: Presbyterian Section.
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: May 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19390583